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Story.A

 
Threat LevelModerate threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:Story.A
Technical name:W97M/Story.A
Threat level:Low
Alias:W97M/IRCJackA, Jack_In_Box, WM97/mircjack.a, mIRC/Jack, IrcJack, W97M_Jack_Box
Type:Virus
Effects:  It allows the affected computer’s C: drive to be accessed remotely. It disables the Word macro antivirus protection.

Affected platforms:

Windows 2003/XP/2000/NT/ME/98/95

Detection updated on:July 20, 1999
StatisticsNo

Brief Description 

    

Story.A is a macro virus that usually reaches computers in a Word 97 document (STORY.DOC) received via IRC chat. The effects of this virus are:

  • Under certain circumstances, it enables the C: drive as a server, which allows the infected computer to be accessed remotely.
  • It infects the Word 97 template and every document used or generated with it.
  • It disables the Word macro antivirus protection, preventing users from enabling or disabling macros included in documents.
  • It disables the following Word 97 options:  Tools - Macro, Tools – Customize and View – Toolbars.

Visible Symptoms 

    

Story.A sends itself out automatically in a Word 97 document called STORY.DOC through IRC chat.

This file might be accompanied by any of the following texts, that are shown in the window of the corresponding IRC channel:

Thanks for the invite
I'm a little busy so I can't talk much now. I thought you might want to look at this file I got. It has a funny story and also has macros in it which get rid of any macro viruses. Just enable the macros when the prompt comes up and it will scan for anyu viruses and clean them.

Hey, I can't talk right now but I wanted to send you this file. It has a funny story you should read, and also has macros inside that protect you from a lot of viruses. Just open the document, enable the macros, and if you are infected it will get rid of the virus.

Once Story.A has carried out its infection, it disables the warning messages that allow users to enable or disable macros in documents that contain them, when these are opened. The virus also disables the following options: Tools - Macro, Tools – Customize and View - Toolbars.